Throughout the regular season, there was a regular Friday post wrapping up the final injury reports of the week.
Frequent readers of that post will know that you could set your clock to the Patriots listing some large portion of their roster as questionable either week in what was either an attempt to disguise their serious injuries from the opposition or a statement on the existence of injury reports in the first place. It’s playoff time now, though, and the Patriots are no longer using the injury report to make a statement.
Only five Patriots pop up on this week’s report and all five of them are probable to play against the Texans on Sunday. They had listed 20 players as limited in practice on the report Wednesday and Thursday, but it seems 15 of those players took a turn for the better on the health front with the weekend approaching.
Tight end Rob Gronkowski is the most notable of the probable Pats and it seems his broken forearm has ceased to be much of a concern in the two weeks since he made his return in Week 17. Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, cornerback Marquice Cole, offensive lineman Nick McDonald and defensive end Trevor Scott are the other four probables for Sunday’s game.
The Texans listed 15 players as probable on their end of the injury report, which means that health shouldn’t be a big factor for either team as they try to advance to the AFC Championship Game.